Lifestyle

In this section of the blog, I share experiences and details about other non-tech aspects of life including gardening, carpentry and building projects, and recipes for good food.

Visual Clutter Contributes to Mental Clutter

Typical work day consists of going to work, coming home, making dinner, doing some tasks in the evening, and then going to bed. I had noticed in more recent months, that I...
3 minute read | posted on 2024-02-27

Alabama-Related Table Topics

For this meeting, I had the Table Topics Masters role. Typically I try to have a theme to the questions being asked. Unable to come up with one, I asked ChatGPT for...
2 minute read | posted on 2024-02-13

Introduction to Vocal Variety and Body Language

Outline tell about the situation that I had to evict a squirrel out. If time permits, tell about the follow up visit that had to be done. Feedback received positive...
1 minute read | posted on 2024-01-23

Toastmasters, Powered By 5,000 Lights

This speech is for Presentation Mastery, Level 1. Writing A Speech With Purpose Example Speech should answer the below questions. What is the most important thing I want...
2 minute read | posted on 2023-12-19

Weather Data for December 2023

Weather data as reported from the National Weather Service for the weather station that is cloest to my garden. Data is pulled via API from the NWS and saved to this blog...
6 minute read | posted on 2023-12-02

Weather Data for November 2023

Weather data as reported from the National Weather Service for the weather station that is cloest to my garden. Data is pulled via API from the NWS and saved to this blog...
7 minute read | posted on 2023-11-02

Word of the Day: Regale

For this meeting, I was responsible for the word of the day, aka the grammarian. regaleplay (rih-GAIL) Regale is a somewhat formal word that means “to entertain or amuse...
1 minute read | posted on 2023-10-24

Toastmasters Table Topics Questions

For this meeting, I am the Table Topic Master. Meaning I had to provide questions that the attendees of the meeting had to ask in a 1 to 2 minute speech. I used ChatGPT to...
2 minute read | posted on 2023-10-10

Presentation Mastery,

Speech Details level 1, presentation mastery 4-6 minutes About self last ice breaker speech was in May 2021 reviewed notes that I joined Toastmasters is to be better at...
1 minute read

Weather Data for October 2023

Weather data as reported from the National Weather Service for the weather station that is cloest to my garden. Data is pulled via API from the NWS and saved to this blog...
7 minute read | posted on 2023-10-02

Ambiguous, Toastmasters Word Of The Day

For this Toastmasters meeting, I was the Grammarian. The word of the day, according to the Merriam-Webster website, was ambiguous. It is defined as capable of being...
1 minute read | posted on 2023-09-05

2023.09.01 september 2023 weather

|2023-09-07|22.8 (73.0)|35.0 (95.0)|28.3 (82.9)|38|91|70|0.000 (0.000)|0.000 (0.000)| |2023-09-08|18.9 (66.0)|32.8 (91.0)|26.4 (79.5)|31|90|62|0.000 (0.000)|0.000 (0.000)|...
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NSBE Professionals RLC 2023 Notes

The RLC was held virtually for NSBE (National Society of Black Engineers) Professionals. Here are some of the notes that I took from the sessions that took place. Day 1 -...
3 minute read | posted on 2023-08-15

Weather Data for August 2023

Weather data as reported from the National Weather Service for the weather station that is cloest to my garden. Data is pulled via API from the NWS and saved to this blog...
7 minute read | posted on 2023-08-02

Table Topics for Toastmasters, Homeowner Edition

With people doing home renovations themselves, describe your least favorite room in your house and how you would change it with an unlimited budget? Some people insist...
1 minute read | posted on 2023-07-25

Weather Data for July 2023

Weather data as reported from the National Weather Service for the weather station that is cloest to my garden. Data is pulled via API from the NWS and saved to this blog...
7 minute read | posted on 2023-07-02

Weather Data for June 2023

Weather data as reported from the National Weather Service for the weather station that is cloest to my garden. Data is pulled via API from the NWS and saved to this blog...
7 minute read | posted on 2023-06-02

That's All Folks!, Toastmasters Speech

This is the final speech that I have to give in the Innovative Planning path of Toastmasters. Below is the outline that created for this speech. Goal of this speech is to...
2 minute read | posted on 2023-05-16

Weather Data for May 2023

Weather data as reported from the National Weather Service for the weather station that is cloest to my garden. Data is pulled via API from the NWS and saved to this blog...
7 minute read | posted on 2023-05-02

How to Reduce Your Business Taxes as an Entrepreneur

This year, doing taxes was more, taxing. I made more money and had more jobs as well. Thus Uncle Sam was not going to be looking at me the same as he did before. While...
3 minute read | posted on 2023-04-19

Toastmasters Table Topics, Spring Time

For this latest Toastmasters meeting with my chapter, I was responsible for providing the Table Topics for the meeting. Below are the questions that I asked. With Spring...
1 minute read | posted on 2023-04-17

Weather Data for April 2023

Weather data as reported from the National Weather Service for the weather station that is cloest to my garden. Data is pulled via API from the NWS and saved to this blog...
7 minute read | posted on 2023-04-02

Weather Data for March 2023

Weather data as reported from the National Weather Service for the weather station that is cloest to my garden. Data is pulled via API from the NWS and saved to this blog...
7 minute read | posted on 2023-03-02

Toastmasters - High Performance Leadership, Part 1

This is the outline of the speech that I gave for Level 5 of the Innovative Planning Pathway. The goal of this speech, is to able to design and complete a project with...
1 minute read | posted on 2023-02-27

Time Management

I started watching videos and reading blog posts about time management. I have outlined some of the things that I have learned from my watching and readings. Having a...
3 minute read | posted on 2023-02-08

Weather Data for February 2023

Weather data as reported from the National Weather Service for the weather station that is cloest to my garden. Data is pulled via API from the NWS and saved to this blog...
6 minute read | posted on 2023-02-02

Being A Patient Advocate

Before my daughter was born, I was on TikTok and decided to follow several doulas. One of them had mentioned about when mothers go to the hospital that they should have...
4 minute read | posted on 2023-01-26

Write A Compelling Blog, Toastmasters Speech

Below is the outline for the speech that I gave regarding a compelling blog post. This is the Level 4 of Innovative Planning Pathway. This speech is to be 2-3 minutes...
1 minute read | posted on 2023-01-10

Weather Data for January 2023

Weather data as reported from the National Weather Service for the weather station that is cloest to my garden. Data is pulled via API from the NWS and saved to this blog...
5 minute read | posted on 2023-01-02

Postpartum Dispression and BiPolar Disorder

Approximately two weeks after my wife had our daughter, she had what myself and her family observed as a manic episode. I will say that have interacted with people who...
2 minute read | posted on 2022-12-23

Splitting YouTube Channels

On occasion, I check the analytics of my YouTube channel. I had a previous conversation with Ryan Cox, who is a personal branding coach, in 2021 about branding myself and...
2 minute read | posted on 2022-12-05

Weather Data for December 2022

Weather data as reported from the National Weather Service for the weather station that is cloest to my garden. Data is pulled via API from the NWS and saved to this blog...
7 minute read | posted on 2022-12-02

Weather Data for November 2022

Weather data as reported from the National Weather Service for the weather station that is cloest to my garden. Data is pulled via API from the NWS and saved to this blog...
6 minute read | posted on 2022-11-02

Using Social Media for Passive Income, Toastmasters Speech

Below is the outline for the Toastmasters speech that I gave about building an online and social media presence. This is L4 of the Innovative Planning Pathway. Goal Goal...
1 minute read | posted on 2022-10-24

Planning A Community Event Part 2, Toastmasters Speech

This is the outline for my speech on Level 4 of the Innovative Planning, Manage Projects Successfully. I talk about what it takes to plan a community event for my NSBE...
1 minute read | posted on 2022-10-04

Weather Data for October 2022

Weather data as reported from the National Weather Service for the weather station that is cloest to my garden. Data is pulled via API from the NWS and saved to this blog...
6 minute read | posted on 2022-10-02

Planning A Community Event, Toastmasters Speech

This is the outline for my speech on Level 4 of the Innovative Planning, Manage Projects Successfully. I talk about what was required for my NSBE chapter to plan our...
1 minute read | posted on 2022-09-27

Found My Niche on TikTok

Back Story I have been on TikTok for some time now. One day someone posted a video about how the outlets in his garage or shed were installed upside down. The poster went...
2 minute read | posted on 2022-09-12

Toastmasters Table Topics Questions

Table Topics are a portion of the Toastmasters meeting where individuals are asked a question and have to provide a response without preparing a speech. The activity is...
1 minute read | posted on 2022-09-08 | updated on 2022-10-04

Weather Data for September 2022

Weather data as reported from the National Weather Service for the weather station that is cloest to my garden. Data is pulled via API from the NWS and saved to this blog...
6 minute read | posted on 2022-09-02

Toastmasters Training

objectives combined training and discuss each role steps to preparing speech finding material organizing your speech crafting your speech preparing to speak ending your...
1 minute read | posted on 2022-08-14

Dealing with COVID

Managed to avoid it for this long, but I caught COVID. Think it was when I went out to pick up some items for a customer for work at their house, but not 100% sure of...
8 minute read | posted on 2022-08-06 | updated on 2022-08-14

Toastmaster Table Topics Related to School

This meeting, I am the Table Topics master. Since school in Alabama is about to start, I centered this meetings Topics' questions around school. What was your favorite...
1 minute read | posted on 2022-08-02

Weather Data for August 2022

Weather data as reported from the National Weather Service for the weather station that is cloest to my garden. Data is pulled via API from the NWS and saved to this blog...
6 minute read | posted on 2022-08-02

It's The Road, Not The Drivers

I did a presentation about how the design of roads are the cause for people speeding, not the drivers being defiant and ignoring the speed limit. This was done as a...
1 minute read | posted on 2022-07-26

Eating with Braces

For about the last couple of years, my dentist has been saying that he was concerned because of my under bite. Add to that, one of my wisdom teeth did not grow in...
3 minute read | posted on 2022-07-15

Non-Tech Resources

While I primarily do programming and work in IT (Information Technology), I do read or watch content that is not related to programming and the field of IT. Headline...
1 minute read | posted on 2022-07-08 | updated on 2022-07-08

Weather Data for July 2022

Weather data as reported from the National Weather Service for the weather station that is cloest to my garden. Data is pulled via API from the NWS and saved to this blog...
6 minute read | posted on 2022-07-02

ASBCC Entrepreneurs and Innovators Conference 2022

1 minute read | posted on 2022-06-18

Weather Data for June 2022

Weather data as reported from the National Weather Service for the weather station that is cloest to my garden. Data is pulled via API from the NWS and saved to this blog...
6 minute read | posted on 2022-06-02

Telling A Story, Going from YouTube to Business

5 - 7 minute speech the goal: start a youtube channel and build it to make passive income Getting Started did video club in high school, but the "advanced" tech that we...
1 minute read | posted on 2022-05-10

The Believers Supernatural Equipment from Heaven, Part 4

Notes from church service use a framework and not a formula dependence on the Holy Spirit is non negotiable there are 7 prespectives Principle Psalm 119:105 God rarely...
3 minute read | posted on 2022-05-01

Weather Data for May 2022

Weather data as reported from the National Weather Service for the weather station that is cloest to my garden. Data is pulled via API from the NWS and saved to this blog...
6 minute read | posted on 2022-05-02

Stop Doing Traffic The American Way, Toastmasters Speech Outline

For this Toastmasters speech, I had to present a proposal about the topic of my choosing. I chose to discuss the traffic and switching to not doing things the American way...
3 minute read | posted on 2022-04-19

Book Club Notes on 'The Law Of Life'

Was invited to participate in a book club discussion about the book titled "The Law of Life: Healing from Disease, Depression, and Damaged Relationships" by Mark Sandoval....
3 minute read | posted on 2022-04-04 | updated on 2023-09-05

Weather Data for April 2022

Weather data as reported from the National Weather Service for the weather station that is cloest to my garden. Data is pulled via API from the NWS and saved to this blog...
6 minute read | posted on 2022-04-02

National Puppy Day 2022, One Year as A Dog Parent

Last year, when I got home a dog was waiting for me. Didn't ask for it. Wasn't ready for it. Dog was just there, hiding between mine and the neighbor's house. I give more...
5 minute read | posted on 2022-03-23

Driving More Efficiently

With the conflict going on between Russia and Ukraine (really Russia bullying Ukraine), the cost of gas continues to go up. This is similar to how gas went up during the...
10 minute read | posted on 2022-03-15 | updated on 2022-03-24

Nissan CVT Transmission

I see a lot of articles and videos that talk about how Nissan CVTs (Continuously Variable Transmissions) are trash and as an owner of one I wanted to share my thoughts. At...
4 minute read | posted on 2022-03-10

Learn From The Experienced

Below is the outline for the speech that I did for Level 2 of the Innovating Planning tract. This speech is to be related to the topic of mentoring. The objective is to...
2 minute read | posted on 2022-03-08

Weather Data for March 2022

Weather data as reported from the National Weather Service for the weather station that is cloest to my garden. Data is pulled via API from the NWS and saved to this blog...
6 minute read | posted on 2022-03-02

Weather Data for February 2022

Weather data as reported from the National Weather Service for the weather station that is cloest to my garden. Data is pulled via API from the NWS and saved to this blog...
6 minute read | posted on 2022-02-02

Toastmasters, Connect With Your Audience

Objective Below is the outline that I have made for my Toastmasters speech about Connecting With The Audience. In short, the purpose of this speech is to practice...
3 minute read | posted on 2022-01-25

Montgomery River Region Digital Marketing 6-Weeks Cohort

The local Small Business Development Center (SBDC) in partnership with mutliple sponsors, held a digtal marketing course of the span of 6 weeks. The reason that I signed...
14 minute read | posted on 2022-01-13 | updated on 2022-01-20

21 Days of Fasting

Each year for about the last 5 years, during the month of January, I do a fast. The church that I previously attended would do fasting and prayer as a congregation. There...
8 minute read | posted on 2022-01-10 | updated on 2022-01-24

I Took A Cruise During The Pandemic

Now you're probably thinking he really take a cruise during the pandemic or is that just a title for the sake of getting views. yes I actually really did take a cruise...
6 minute read | posted on 2022-01-06

Weather Data for January 2022

Weather data as reported from the National Weather Service for the weather station that is cloest to my garden. Data is pulled via API from the NWS and saved to this blog...
7 minute read | posted on 2022-01-02

Have A Wedding, Tips and Advice

Having recently gotten married, I figured that I would share advice on the things that I learned and did in preparation of and on the day of the wedding. Invite Guests You...
12 minute read | posted on 2021-12-19 | updated on 2022-04-14

COVID-19 Booster Outcome

I recently got the COVID Booster. Prior to getting the booster, I got the original shots about 8 months prior. Initially I was not going to get the booster since I did not...
3 minute read | posted on 2021-12-08

Be Productive When You Can't Sleep

Be Productive When You Can't Sleep Sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night. For example, right now as I am writing this post, it is 1:59 AM. I have been awake for...
3 minute read | posted on 2021-12-02 | updated on 2022-01-21

Weather Data for December 2021

Weather data as reported from the National Weather Service for the weather station that is cloest to my garden. Data is pulled via API from the NWS and saved to this blog...
6 minute read | posted on 2021-12-02

Blogging for Dummies

Blogging for Dummies It has been months since I have posted something here. You are probably wondering why there has been a drought in content. Well, when running a...
3 minute read | posted on 2021-11-15

Weather Data for November 2021

Weather data as reported from the National Weather Service for the weather station that is cloest to my garden. Data is pulled via API from the NWS and saved to this blog...
5 minute read | posted on 2021-11-02

Weather Data for October 2021

Weather data as reported from the National Weather Service for the weather station that is cloest to my garden. Data is pulled via API from the NWS and saved to this blog...
7 minute read | posted on 2021-10-02

Weather Data for September 2021

Weather data as reported from the National Weather Service for the weather station that is cloest to my garden. Data is pulled via API from the NWS and saved to this blog...
7 minute read | posted on 2021-09-02

Weather Data for August 2021

Weather data as reported from the National Weather Service for the weather station that is cloest to my garden. Data is pulled via API from the NWS and saved to this blog...
8 minute read | posted on 2021-08-02

Fustigate, Toastmasters Word of the Day

For this meeting, I was the grammarian. The role of the Grammarian is to come up with a word of the day and to track how many times it was used in the meeting. The word I...
1 minute read | posted on 2021-07-06

Moving in with My Fiance

Hi! Kenny’s better half here :) My now fiance and I dated for a little over a year before he popped the question in January. In May I moved in, and in December, we will be...
5 minute read | posted on 2021-07-02

Weather Data for July 2021

Weather data as reported from the National Weather Service for the weather station that is cloest to my garden. Data is pulled via API from the NWS and saved to this blog...
7 minute read | posted on 2021-07-02

Latest Pickings from Garden

This month, there were 3 cucumbers that I was able to pick from the garden. A number of flowers were present on the vine, but at this time was not bearing any fruit. Have...
1 minute read | posted on 2021-06-30

Summer Table Topics Questions for Toastmasters Meeting

Table Topics are a portion of the Toastmasters meeting where individuals are asked a question and have to provide a response without preparing a speech. The activity is...
3 minute read | posted on 2021-06-29

Three Months With A Dog

I have shared in previous posts about being a dog parent and some of the challenges and learning experiences. Time flies when you are having fun. Thus it has been 3...
4 minute read | posted on 2021-06-22

Pro Tower Machine Assembly

The customer requested my services to put together this work out equipment. The customer purchased this Pro Tower Machine from Academy Sports and Outdoors. I discuss the...
5 minute read | posted on 2021-06-12

Creating Multiple Income Stream Notes

Below are the notes that I took during a webinar about how to diversify or increase your income streams. Having multiple income streams is great because if one stream ends...
2 minute read | posted on 2021-06-12

Maximize Your Layover, Leave The Airport

Background Normally when I fly, I try to find a nonstop flight. Why? Because I do not want to sit around in an airport looking at other people and waiting for the plane to...
6 minute read | posted on 2021-06-11 | updated on 2022-04-14

Star Space Executive Office Chair Review and Assembly

Problem The chair that I previous had, experienced a lot more wear and tear during the pandemic as I was working from home. Not to mention, the chair had seen better days....
10 minute read | posted on 2021-06-05

Weather Data for June 2021

Weather data as reported from the National Weather Service for the weather station that is cloest to my garden. Entries that have "NA" do not have the data available. The...
6 minute read | posted on 2021-06-24

TSA Pre-Check Differences in Non-Precheck Line by Airport

Background I took my first flights after being approved for TSA Pre-Check. I signed up early in 2020, and then boom... COVID hit. Thus I lost an entire year of Pre-Check...
5 minute read | posted on 2021-05-24

Blog Challenge, May 2021

Background Those of you that are regular readers of the blog, may have noticed that more content was published this week than in weeks or even years past. There's a...
4 minute read | posted on 2021-05-08

How Programmers Can Stay In Shape

When you have a desk job for a living, sometimes you get tired of sitting down all of the time. I know that I do. Often times when I go out and everyone around me is...
7 minute read | posted on 2021-05-07

ToastMasters Ice Breaker

Background Sometime ago, one of my coworkers had mentioned that he was part of Toastmasters. I shared with him that I had been interested in joining the group, but had not...
4 minute read | posted on 2021-05-05

Garden Update, May 3, 2021

Here is the latest from the garden about what changes I have made for the upcoming growing season and the observations of what nature has done. Organization In previous...
4 minute read | posted on 2021-05-03

Grass Cutting Job as Handy Pro

Video Transcript (Unedited) what is going on fellow engineers this video is another handyman video although today is not saturday i am doing some work i have a customer...
3 minute read | posted on 2021-05-01

Installing EcoBee 3 Lite Thermostat, Uninstall and Reinstall

Video Links Mentioned Honeywell Thermostat Install
1 minute read | posted on 2021-04-17

COVID Vaccination

Since the COVID-19 vaccine was being rolled out, I eventually was able to sign up to get the Moderna vaccine. I did not want to be the very first to get it because of the...
4 minute read | posted on 2021-04-11 | updated on 2021-04-13

Trex and Tomcat Rat Trap Product Review

Video Transcript (Unedited) for people like me that like to do their own stuff you know handiwork and love diy this is one diy project that i wouldn't recommend for a lot...
10 minute read | posted on 2021-04-03

Becoming a Dog Parent

After having Buddy for a week, I have learned that there are a number of things that you will learn about having a dog. Different Chip Manufacturers In my previous post...
4 minute read | posted on 2021-03-30

National Puppy Day 2021

Background I had been contemplating on getting a pet. As most of you know, I do garden and have other hobbies in my spare time. However, the pet I was thinking of getting...
7 minute read | posted on 2021-03-23

Painting Doorbell Cover for Better Appearance

Video Transcript (Unedited) what is going on fellow engineers this here is part of my hallway uh as you see here i have the doorbell box up here and you know i have white...
5 minute read | posted on 2021-03-20

TV Mounting for Handy

Video Transcript (Unedited) what's going on fellow engineers today i actually have a handy job and so i'm going to be showing you uh some of the details related to that...
9 minute read | posted on 2021-03-06

Growing Without Planting Seeds

THe past several years, I grew collard greens in my backyard. While in the garden today, I noticed that some of the greens that I had planted last year in containers, were...
1 minute read | posted on 2021-02-26

DIY Honeywell Wifi Thermostat Installation

I wanted to have a connected thermostat that allowed me greater control for my system as well as allow me to made adjustments when away from the home. The thermostat...
1 minute read | posted on 2021-02-20 | updated on 2021-06-22

Starting the Garden for Spring 2021

People have asked, but had to tell them that I did not do anything in the garden during the Winter of 2020 into 2021. After growing something in the garden for several...
4 minute read | posted on 2020-02-09

Monitor Stand Build

Video Problem I needed a monitor stand at my office. At home, I have my monitors elevated so that I do not have to sit slumpted over to see the screens. At the office, I...
1 minute read | posted on 2021-01-30 | updated on 2021-06-04

NSBE RLC Notes

TODO email r3chair , amazon card Comm Zone Workshop need to manage documents communicate information about upcoming events and activities webpage of resources, such as...
1 minute read | posted on 2020.09.12

Dutch Oven Chicken

There are two main ways that I cook chicken. Low and slow or hot and fast. Thus I have broken up the steps in this post to describe both depending on how much time that...
4 minute read | posted on 2020-09-07 | updated on 2020-09-07

NSBE 46th National Convention - Engineering the Revolution

Background This convention was held virtually this year do to the coronavirus. The convention took place from August 19-23, 2020. Given that the convention was hosted...
24 minute read | posted on 2020-08-20 | updated on 2020-08-20

What is a Contactor? How does a Contactor work?

Recently I had to replace the contactor on my air conditioner after the last one had a burned wire on it. I discuss the parts of a contactor and how it works. Check out...
6 minute read | posted on 2020-08-15 | updated on 2020-08-16

Replacing Contactor on Air Conditioner

The air conditioner stopped working at my home. Come to find out, one of the wires had burned off on the contactor, which resulted in a hot house in August. Definitely not...
9 minute read | posted on 2020-08-08 | updated on 2020-08-16

Build A Simple Firewood Stand

Background I have tress and limbs that periodically fall or need to be cut. The problem that I had is that I did not have anywhere to store the items so that they could...
4 minute read | posted on 2020-08-08 | updated on 2020-08-08

Front Yard Landscaping

Background Customer wanted to update the look on her front yard. She requested that I perform the work. The initial discussion was about replacing a shrub, but expanded...
4 minute read | posted on 2020-07-21 | updated on 2020-07-21

Ceiling Fan Installation with Downrod

Background I received a request to install a ceiling fan. This bedroom did not have a ceiling fan originally, just a standard light fixture. Remove the Existing Fixture...
2 minute read | posted on 2020-07-12 | updated on 2020-07-30

NSBE National Leadership Training, July 2020

Comm Zone Strategic Planning Session 20200708 excellence in membership innovative communication 360 national communication request form -...
6 minute read | posted on 2020-07-07 | updated on 2022-03-22

LSU AG Gardening Course Module 5

Types of Plant Reproduction sexual (seeds) asexual (vegetative) Sexual Reproduction parts of the plants are from the previous module. seeds generate differently between...
2 minute read | posted on 2020-06-24

Replacing Exterior Trim

Background Customer had some trim that was rotting on an exterior door. From what I can tell, all of the water was not being caught by the gutter in some places. As a...
1 minute read | posted on 2020-05-20 | updated on 2020-07-24

Notes from session @theblackupstart about writing book during quarantine

iamashcash was the speaker step 1: make sure that people want the book survey and research the market first; are there videos on the topic; don't want to write a book on a...
3 minute read | posted on 2020-04-05

Night School Investing Notes

Background After the quarantine started, SchoolHouseU started doing IG Live sessions called Night School. The purpose of these night school classes was to teach people...
1 minute read | posted on 2020-03-31 | updated on 2020-08-30

8 Steps to Replace A Toilet Fill Valve

The toilet in the bathroom, I discovered that the toilet was continuously running. When my place was quiet, I heard a noise coming from the bathroom. It was not loud. I...
6 minute read | posted on 2020-03-15 | updated on 2020-08-08

Mega Zip at Red Mountain Park

](/images/2020.02.20-mega-zip-at-red-mountain-park3.jpg) Recently I took a trip to Red Mountain Park to do their Mega Zip Adventure. This trip is the second time that I...
6 minute read | posted on 2020.02.19 | updated on 2020.09.06

January 2020 Garden Update

Red Lettuce Today, I removed the red lettuce that I attempted to grow this winter. Normally lettuces and other leafy greens do well during the winter season due to the...
2 minute read | posted on 2020-01-25

21 Days of Prayer and Fasting

Background Each year, the church that I attend does a fast and prayer at the beginning of the year. For the past two years, I have given up something during the fasting...
13 minute read | posted on 2020-01-04

Word of the Year 2020

Word of the Year 2020 Background A friend was telling me that she had chose a word for the year. Of course I asked about why she chose the word that she chose and her...
5 minute read

Greens in Grass

Greens in the Grass For the last couple of years, I have grown various greens, usually collard or mustard, in the same general area of my yard. Greens don't make seeds...
2 minute read | posted on 2019-12-28 | updated on 2021-06-01

McGill University Personal Finance Essentials

A friend on social media posted about this online financial course that is available for free from McGill University in Canada. As you can imagine, the course is designed...
14 minute read | posted on 2019-12-26

You Still Rake Leaves?

It is that time of year. Weather has changed for the cooler and you have a bunch of leaves in your yard. Are you really going to want to spend time raking them? Probably...
1 minute read | posted on 2019-12-22 | updated on 2021-06-01

Takeaways from Christopher Robin movie

Every year during the month of November, the church that I attend does a series where movies are used to provide examples and metaphors of the Word. This week's particular...
4 minute read | posted on 2019-11-24 20:26:49

21 Days for a New Habit

Background They say that it takes 21 days to learn a new habit and to break old ones. Therefore, I took 28 days to see what would happen. Was I trying to overachieve by...
5 minute read | posted on 2019-08-15 22:40:33 | updated on 2020-02-01 11:50:01

Reinforce Bookcase with Plywood

Reinforce Bookcase with Plywood Summary In this video, I show how I went about reinforcing a bookcase with a plywood back. The original backing that came with the bookcase...
4 minute read | posted on 2019-07-30 | updated on 2020-07-08

Squirrels Taught Me About Women and Food

DISCLAIMER: I am not equating a squirrel to a woman. That is not a fair, nor equal comparison by no means. The comparisons mentioned below are for the sake of illustration...
6 minute read | posted on 2019-07-03 11:49:56 | updated on 2020-02-01 16:16:16

3 Benefits of Doing Something Different When Stuck

As some of you may know, I build automations as part of my day job. Sometimes, I do find myself getting stuck on building an automation. When it comes to programming, you...
5 minute read | posted on 2019-06-13 12:58:19 | updated on 2020-02-01 11:42:47

Identify Electrical Circuits and Label Breaker Panel

Identify Electrical Circuits and Label Breaker Panel Summary This video describes how I went about identifying the breakers in my breaker panel. The panel only had 4 of...
12 minute read | posted on 2019-06-11 | updated on 2019-12-22

7 Steps for More Steps

Background As research has frequently mentioned, one of the many keys to remaining healthy is to have an active lifestyle. One of the recommendations to achieve this is to...
6 minute read | posted on 2019-05-09 06:00:00 | updated on 2020-02-01 13:22:27

4 Steps to Change the Battery in Nissan Altima Intelligent Key

4 Steps to Change the Battery in Nissan Altima Intelligent Key Step 1 1) Low Key Battery message. When this message appears, you need to get a replacement battery and...
2 minute read | posted on 2019-05-02 | updated on 2020-07-08

Weber Charcoal Chimney Review and First Use

Weber Charcoal Chimney Review and First Use Summary In this video, I give my review of the Weber Charcoal Chimney. The Weber Charcoal Chimney allows you to light charcoal...
1 minute read | posted on 2019-04-27 | updated on 2020-07-08

How to Start A Garden in 8 Steps

How to Get Started With A Garden Spring... all that pollen lets us know that is here. I recently got asked by a high school classmate how I got started with my garden and...
8 minute read | posted on 2019-04-10 | updated on 2021-06-01

Containers vs In Ground Gardening

If you live in a small space container gardening works very great. However, there are some advantages and disadvantages to doing container gardening or gardening in pots...
4 minute read | posted on 2019-03-19 | updated on 2021-06-01

Manual Tree Branch Tear Down

No commentary is done in the video. Just a demostration showing the process of what I did get it done. Just removing a dead and decaying tree limb from a tree. The limb...
1 minute read | posted on 2019-03-16 | updated on 2021-06-01

Sow, A Planting Companion

What is the Cooperative Extension? The Alabama Cooperative Extension System (ACES) is based out of Auburn University (it hurts to type that... Roll Tide... That's better!)...
2 minute read | posted on 2019-03-11 | updated on 2021-06-01

Building Raised Garden Beds

This year, I decided to expand the growing space for my garden. As some of you may know, I have, for years, planted my fruits and vegetables mostly in containers and pots...
5 minute read | posted on 2019-03-11 | updated on 2021-06-01

Greens From the Winter Garden

As we enter March, it's almost time to prepare for the summer garden. Weather Summary However, Mother Nature decided to throw a curve ball with an unexpected frost after...
1 minute read | posted on 2019-03-04 | updated on 2021-06-01

Every Gardener Needs a Journal

It's important to document your garden observations because humans are forgetful. Think about it... do you really remember how much fertilizer that you used 4 years ago on...
2 minute read | posted on 2019-02-23 | updated on 2021-06-01

Remove Water from Car Trunk

Remove Water from Car Trunk Summary This video covers how you can permanently prevent water from staying in your trunk. The vehicle in this video that this repair is being...
1 minute read | posted on 2019-02-09 | updated on 2020-07-08

Make Your Crockpot Smarter with a Timer

Summary This tutorial shows how using a timer on a "dumb" crockpot instantly makes it smarter. This is a better alternative than buying another crockpot that has the...
2 minute read | posted on 2018-11-03 | updated on 2020-07-08

Change Air Filter on 2013-2018 (5th Generation) Nissan Altima

Change Air Filter on 2013-2018 (5th Generation) Nissan Altima Summary This tutorial shows you how to change the engine air filter of a 2013 Nissan Altima. Although this is...
1 minute read | posted on 2018-10-27 | updated on 2020-07-08

How to Replace Toilet Gasket and Bolts

Background In this tutorial, I replace the toilet gasket between the tank and bowl of the toilet. Using the instructions provided in the toilet gasket replacement, I...
7 minute read | posted on 2018-07-21 | updated on 2020-08-29

Repair Leaking Faucet

Repair Leaking Faucet Summary This video shows how to replace the rubber gaskets, seals, and springs in a Delta faucet. The rubber gaskets and seals were purchased as a...
1 minute read | posted on 2018-05-05 | updated on 2020-07-08

1 Year Review of Liftmaster 8500 with MyQ Internet Gateway

One year ago, I installed this Liftmaster 8500 garage door opener. Bought it online and installed it myself within a weekend. The kit that I purchased came with the MyQ...
3 minute read | posted on 2018-01-20 | updated on 2020-07-08

Snowfall Timelapse in Montgomery, AL - January 16-17, 2018

Snowfall Timelapse in Montgomery, AL - January 16-17, 2018 Background Timelapse of the snowfall that occurred on January 16-17, 2018. In total, 3 to 4 inches of snow fell...
1 minute read | posted on 2018-01-19 | updated on 2021-06-01

2016 Election Notes

2016 election means new amendments which make no sense on the ballot. Please be sure to look at the sample ballot for the county and state that you will be voting in and...
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Lifestyle

In this section of the blog, I share experiences and details about other non-tech aspects of life including gardening, carpentry and building projects, and recipes for good food.
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